Freedom Expression

Media Callousness

Posted in media lows, Uncategorized by Tall Guy on April 30, 2017

A few days ago the whole nation seem to be obsessed with the chaos that Sonu Nigam’s tweet created over the use of loudspeakers for Azaan on Twitter.

It was bound to create controversy and it sure did and it soon came to the understanding that he voiced his opinion towards one community when that was not the case.

All kinds of opinions and fatwa came in but no one bothered to inform or should I say make aware that he was speaking about the use of loudspeakers for religious activities.

However in the midst of all of this raises a question about the Media’s responsibility towards putting the facts right in front of the people to form a correct/fair opinion. Something that did not happen here.

Similarly when the news of SnapChat CEO’s comment over India broke out, the media did not clear the reality behind it. It lead to a movement that people began uninstalling the app and down rating it in the app market.

The above incidents clearly indicate that times have really changed and media whose job was to make sure that the truth/fact is reported has been changed into sensationalism which could lead to higher TRP’s & what not’s.

In the age of Whatapp, Twitter, FB wherein news spreads like wildfire its equally the responsibility of the media to ensure that facts/truth are reported.

Then again, the people who appear gullible for the news that breaks in for to get their facts right before they come to a conclusion.

As far as the media goes, this is not going to be the last but hope it turns around like a cycle and good times are back again with a BANG!

People and Government

Posted in India, Politics by Tall Guy on March 4, 2012

Every time the elections are around, we again make people go through the grind of how important it is to vote. Every time it happens that the government that do gets elected on the basis of the masses voting always have ulterior motives rather than to serving the people.

So when one hears of talks about the importance of voting, the question that arises is ok, will vote but to whom? Is there anyone who can be vouched for? To make the difference that we want to see?

There is no answer to the above question at least not in the current scenario. We keep talking about electing a good government which will or hope to look after the welfare of the people better. What about the people, are we not questionable or answerable to the kind of government that we keep electing which only benefits the privilege class of the society and filling the coffers of ministers who do take an oath to perform their duties but only for their benefit.

Recently there has been a surge of anti-corruption protests due to the Anna Hazare’s effort which all again seem to have died down. Many people supported the movement in the hope of making India a corruption free country. Do you honestly think gathering people in crowds, putting up likes in Facebook on anti-corruption link will make us corruption free country? If it had the power, we would have been liberated long back. Things certainly don’t work that way, does it?

When you break the tariff signal and try to butter up the traffic constable so that he does not fine you; even ready to pay a bribe to let you scot-free, do you ever think that are you doing the right thing?  These things go on and on and our government is no different than its people.

If we want the government to act responsibly, we also need learn about our civic responsibilities before we sit and only complain instead of trying to make a difference. It’s easy to blame the government for everything but never oneself when we try to bail out the cousin/nephew/friend who apparently ran over his/her car over people while driving drunk.

If you want your lanes to be clean, make the habit of throwing the garbage in the dust bin instead of out in the streets. It only take one to lead and others to follow, then again no one wants to be the one to end up as a martyr coz as a follower it’s easy to disappear in the crowd and shrug the responsibility.

Leaders like Mahatma Gandhi are born once in 100 years that too because enough has been enough. In a normal situation of governance, its people with jobs who make sure that their families get to eat at the end of the day need to stand up and protect their rights and fight for it.

It’s really an irony that until one becomes a victim of the system that one realize how badly its screwed up and how we need to beat it by being part of it.

Voting is not going to make that difference until we make these political leaders/parties realize who really have the decision making power. To make them see that we should time and time again realize them people are not supposed to be taken for granted.

Carrying out rallies or casting a vote is not going to make a difference till we take it upon our shoulders the responsibility of seeing a new India with change that we want to see.

A New Change in the Offing??

Posted in India, Politicians, Politics by Tall Guy on August 22, 2011

I was walking down the road today and I see an old man wearing a paper headband with Anna Hazare mentioned and his name and number. As I reached another place, saw an old couple walking down the road, with the old man wearing a human billboard in praise of our PM (you know what I mean) that showed support to Anna Hazare’s cause which has the country in upheaval as they try to pass the Jan Lokpal bill.

It’s good to see that finally the Indians have decided to stand for something, not sure if even more than half of them know the difference about the Government Lokpal bill and the Jan Lokpal bill. To see people standing for something really shows that we are ready to bring a change in the nation that it badly needs.

I hope this only the beginning of the more people agitations to come against far more serious issues where our elected politicians need to learn that people cannot be taken granted. The corrupt should be punished and the welfare of the people should be a priority.

Let us all believe that we can be the change that we want to see in the world, the only thing it requires is the drive to make it happen……

So do you have it in you?

Why You Should Not Vote

Posted in India, Politicians, Politics by Tall Guy on February 6, 2011

I have seen promos of celebrities, people talking about the importance of voting and choosing good governance for a country like ours.  The question is whom are you going to vote? if there are no good people in politics who can bring the change we would like to see in our country.

Every time the elections comes up, the political parties vie for the precious vote of ‘ours’ that would bring them back in power.  Once they are in the power, it’s the same old story of this government not been better than the previous one.  Every one of the politicians seems to be involved in some kind of scams, corruption.  No wonder there wealth shows a huge jump (Check out their wealth declaration in each election) and still they get a hike in the salary of an MP (Member of Parliament).  When the average Indian salary still does not account for that.

It does not matter which political party they belong to, they seem more interested in making money for themselves than serving the country.  No attempt is being made to make the system transparent and fill out the loopholes that advocate its misuse.  The process of transparency is on such a slow track that one wonder if they would even be alive to see it in their own life time.

What is the point of voting when you the person that you elect is going to do the same?  Once elected, they cannot be held accountable for the tall promises they made.  The next time elections are around, one should abstain from voting.  This would send out a strong message to the political parties who boast of having national interest in their heart about the strength of the citizens.  It’s the people who have the power to decide who should run the government.

Only when we are united can a message be send across that enough of the scams, corruptions that’s been taking rampantly and need of greater accountability to set in.

The problem of today is that its hard to find good politicians among the dirty fishes.  The only way they can survive if we take the responsibility of cleaning the pool of bad fish.

Abstaining from voting is a greater way to send out across a message to the political parties that the citizens of the country are not living in ignorance and know the change they want to see.